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JOY
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[ Also see Blessedness Bliss Cheerfulness Delight Ecstasy Enjoyment Gladness Grief Happiness Laughter Merriment Pleasure Regret Smiles Sorrow Suffering ]

Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs
  Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom springs.
    [Lat., Medio de fonte leporum
      Surgit amari aliquid, quod in ipsis floribus angat.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (IV, 1,129),
        translated in Byron's "Childe Harold", canto I., st. 82

Joys do not stay, but take wing and fly away.
  [Lat., Gaudia non remanent, sed fugitiva volant.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. I, 16, 8)

Profound joy has more of severity than gayety in it.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Joys too exquisite to last,
  And yet more exquisite when past.
      - James Montgomery, The Little Cloud

How fading are the joys we dote upon!
  Like apparitions seen and gone;
    But those which soonest take their flight
      Are the most exquisite and strong;
        Like angel's visits short and bright,
          Mortality's too weak to bear them long.
      - John Norris of Bemerton, The Parting
         (st. 4)

The joy of a strong nature is as cloudless as its suffering is desolate.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Trouble is a thing that will come without our call, but true joy will not spring up without ourselves.
      - Simon Patrick

The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it.
      - Bishop Beilby Porteus

A blithe heart makes a blooming visage.
      - Proverb, (Scotch)

Joys are our wings, sorrows are our spurs.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Little joys refresh us constantly, like house-bread, and never bring disgust; and great ones, like sugar-bread, briefly, and then satiety.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Deep joy is a serene and sober emotion, rarely evinced in open merriment.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

Taking joy in life is a woman's best cosmetic.
      - Rosalind Russell

Joy softens more hearts than tears.
      - Mme. (de Wimpffen) de Sartory

Joy is the mainspring in the whole
  Of endless Nature's calm rotation.
    Joy moves the dazzling wheels that roll
      In the great Time-piece of Creation.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Joy, in Nature's wide dominion,
  Mightiest cause of all is found;
    And 'tis joy that moves the pinion
      When the wheel of time goes round.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Hymn to Joy, (Bowring's translation)

At Earth's great market where Joy is trafficked in,
  Buy while thy purse yet swells with golden Youth.
      - Alan Seeger, Ode to Antares (last lines)

The joy that isn't shared dies young.
      - Anne Sexton

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.
      - William Shakespeare

For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at IV, v)

My plenteous joys,
  Wanton in fullness, seek to hide themselves
    In drops of sorrow.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Duncan, King of Scotland at I, iv)

'Tis safer to be that which we destroy
  Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth's Lady at III, ii)

Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy:
  Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
    Or else receiv'st with pleasure thine annoy?
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet VIII

My Lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady,
  I wish you all the joy that you can wish--
    For I am sure you can wish none from me;
      And when your honors mean to solemnize
        The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you
          Even at that time I may be married too.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at III, ii)

When the power of imparting joy is equal to the will, the human soul requires no other heaven.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley


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